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Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Manner of Maison Jansen
VIVIEN'S LOUIS XV STYLE DRESSING TABLE
with a velvet inset panel to the top and single frieze drawer
blue and white painted beech
74 by 90 by 60cm., 29 by 35½ by 24in.
established 1880
Probably made in Paris circa 1930.
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Literature

Cecily Finn, 'Den Förtrollande Ladyn’ [The Enchanting Lady], Bonniers Månadstidning, 1954, p. 35, fig. 3, illustrated in the drawing room at Durham Cottage, Chelsea.

This table was used by Vivien as both a writing and latterly, on her move to Eaton Square, as a dressing table.

Catalogue Note

The name of Maison Jansen is today indissolubly linked to that of interior designer Stéphane Boudin (1888-1967), best known for being asked by Jacqueline Kennedy to join in the renovation of the White House from 1961 to 1963.  The Paris-based firm was founded in 1880 by Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen: in the years around the Second World War it specialised in combining traditional furnishings with new trends such as the Art Deco, Turkish, and Anglo-Japanese style, although its own production of furniture focused on high-quality replicas but also ingenious reinventions of the eighteenth century French styles. Over three decades, from the 1930s to 1960s, Jansen created fantastic interiors widely regarded as the epitome of Continental elegance for an international jet-set that included the Agnelli, Rockefeller, Rothschild, and Wrightsman families, as well as for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, interiors which had a profound and lasting influence on twentieth century design.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London